On the morning of the 11th December 10 students of Purbrook Park school embarked on their World of Work day to Twitter UK in Soho. We travelled to London via train and tube and began the day with a scavenger hunt within the Golden Square of Soho. The students split in two teams and took on the challenge. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt we gathered ourselves together and made our way to Twitter UK HQ where we were greeted by Katy, our host, before being escorted to the boardroom for introductions.
Once the students had settled in, we heard from some of the employees of Twitter UK. Each had a very different role within the organisation (e.g. lawyer, marketing, statistics, software improvements, social media), with each explaining their career path and how it had led them to work for Twitter UK. The students were then given the opportunity to ask some questions. Some of the students volunteered themselves to ask some excellent questions some of which included: What did they like about their job? What was their greatest achievement? What are they most proud of? What do they find the most difficult about their job? The employees came back with some really interesting and insightful answers and the students were keen to learn more. This was followed by a glorious lunch provided by Twitter.
After lunch, we were given a tour of the office where the students learnt more about the different departments within the company. The students were particularly enamoured by the staff canteen area where employees are provided both breakfast and lunch by Twitter for free! It also had a table football machine that staff could use in their break time! Upon arrival back into the boardroom, the students were divided into groups of five and were given a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style activity where they had to come up with an idea for a new job search app that could be used to aid people in finding their dream job. The students were given approximately 45 minutes of brainstorming and planning time before they were to pitch their app idea to the panel of judges. With support from the Yes Futures coaches, Purbrook Park’s teacher, Mrs Barge, and the Twitter employees, the students bravely took their turn to pitch their ideas. All of the students did exceptionally well and each took a key role in their pitch. They should be very proud of themselves as this was in front of approximately 40 people including some students from another school that they had never met before.
We spent the final 5 minutes with a reflection on the day before our return train journey back to school. The general theme that came from the students is that they hadn’t realised how many different teams and departments make up an organisation and that there were so many jobs on offer.
Overall, the students had a fabulous day and were very much inspired by the working world of a large organisation.
A massive thank you to Twitter UK for being such a fabulous host!
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